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Firm sought for superintendent search

ESCANABA — The Escanaba School Board discussed the superintendent search and approved the creation of a building and grounds committee during its regular meeting Monday. Interim Superintendent Steve Martin updated the board on the search to fill the full-time superintendent position. He ...

Gladstone school board elects officers

GLADSTONE — The Gladstone School Board reorganized Monday, electing board member Steve O’Driscoll to be its president for the coming year, and discussed the future of education funding from the state of Michigan. “Having served as president last year, it’s time to bow down and let ...

Changes ­proposed to county zoning

ESCANABA — After a public hearing Monday, the Delta County Planning Commission voted to send a set of proposed amendments to the county’s zoning ordinance to the Delta County Board of Commissioners. Delta County Building and Zoning Administrator Dan Menacher said he developed the ...

DNR officer rescues 3 in Schoolcraft County

MANISTIQUE (AP) — A state conservation officer in Schoolcraft County is getting the reputation of a hero. The Department of Natural Resources says Mike Evink saved a propane delivery man who was overcome by carbon monoxide Wednesday at a home in Schoolcraft County. He got the garage door ...

Big-box parking lots under fire

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has heard arguments in a case that could have sweeping consequences for big-box stores in the state. The case was filed by the family of Virginia Rawluszki, who eventually died of her injuries after being struck by a pickup truck in the marked ...

Haley Gustafson | Daily Press
Snow falls as cars travel with caution down Ludington Street in Escanaba during a winter storm last week. According to local automotive experts, keeping vehicles maintained during the winter months is important to keeping them running — especially through snow and cold temperatures.

Is your vehicle up for this?

ESCANABA — During the cold, ice, and snow that is an Upper Peninsula winter, maintaining a healthy vehicle is crucial to being able to do the day-to-day activities. In order to do so, local auto shops around the area have provided some tips on how to keep vehicles protected and running ...

Show puts spotlight on vintage snowmobiles

RAPID RIVER — The Rapid River Relic Riders Snowmobile Club will once again host its Rapid River Snowmobile Show and Swap on Jan. 28. David Shope, president of the Relic Riders, said the club has been putting on the event, which features vintage snowmobles, each year for more than a ...

Tax cut eyed as budget tightens

LANSING (AP) — After commanding the legislative agenda for six years, Republicans say now is the time to finally enact a major tax cut for Michigan residents. The problem is it may be too late. GOP lawmakers pushing to gradually repeal the 4.25 percent personal income tax will confront ...

Report: Soo Locks upgrade a top project

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — A federal report lists upgrading the Soo Locks shipping complex among 40 proposed infrastructure projects nationwide that would give the economy a significant boost. The locks network at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., enables vessels to move between Lake Superior ...

Thousands rally to resist GOP health law repeal

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — Thousands of people showed up in freezing temperatures on Sunday in Michigan to hear Sen. Bernie Sanders denounce Republican efforts to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law, one of dozens of rallies Democrats staged across the country to highlight ...

Jordan Beck | Daily Press
OSF St. Francis Hospital and Medical Group Front Office Assistant Samantha Mlostek, left, gets a flu shot from her coworker, Registered Nurse Catherine Lindberg, right. In addition to getting vaccinated, people can reduce their risk of getting sick by practicing good hand hygiene and avoiding close contact with people who have the flu.

Worst of flu season yet to come

ESCANABA — The arrival of a new year can come with some drawbacks — including an acceleration of the flu season. According to Infection Preventionist Nicole Pirlot at OSF St. Francis Hospital and Medical Group, the area’s flu season has not yet reached its peak. “The flu season has ...

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Karlee Metzger, formerly of Gladstone, sings on NBC’s “The Voice.”

Gladstone singer reflects on ‘The Voice’

NASHVILLE — A former Gladstone resident who sang three times on NBC’s recent season of “The Voice” described the experience as a great blessing that turned out to be a real confidence booster for her. “It was the biggest blessing of my life. It definitely has helped me ...

Service Fair to be held for MLK Day

ESCANABA — The Bay College Diversity Committee will host its fourth annual Bay College Service Fair in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day next week. Director of Student Life David Laur said this year’s service fair will be marked by a slight change in schedule. Traditionally, Bay has ...

Escanaba’s goals get jump on 2017

ESCANABA — The Escanaba Planning Commission is getting close to accomplishing one of its 2017 goals as outlined in its year-end report adopted by commissioners on Thursday. The document will be forwarded to city council for approval. During Thursday’s regular meeting at city hall, the ...

Walk for Warmth heats up on Feb. 25

ESCANABA — Menominee, Delta and Schoolcraft county residents having trouble paying their home-heating bills will get a big boost during the Community Action Agency Walk for Warmth on Feb. 25 in all three counties. The fundraising campaign helps fill the void for many residents who need help ...

State budget outlook is positive

LANSING (AP) — Continued economic growth will ease the ability of Gov. Rick Snyder and lawmakers to enact a new state spending plan, which will have nearly $330 million more than previously expected. The administration and legislative experts agreed Thursday that tax revenues in ...

Jenny Lancour | Daily Press
Delta County Economic Development Alliance (EDA) Director Vicki Schwab, standing, presents an update on the EDA and its collaborative partnerships with businesses, agencies and municipalities which work together to promote economic growth in the county. The progress report was presented at the monthly governmental round table meeting at Escanaba City Hall Wednesday.

Group did its part to boost area’s economy in 2016

ESCANABA — The Delta County Economic Development Alliance lived up to its mission last year in retaining, expanding and attracting businesses to the county, according to EDA Director Vicki Schwab, who gave an update on the agency at the governmental round table meeting at Escanaba City Hall ...

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Artistic Experience

Marquette-based artists Ann Russ, left, and Diana Magnuson, visit Bay College’s Besse Gallery Thursday for the opening of “Aesthete,” an exhibition of paintings by artist Timothy Armstrong. The painting Russ and Magnuson are viewing is titled “Alexandria.” The exhibit will be on ...

Jordan Beck | Daily Press
After a round of putting during the first meeting of the Noc Bay Flyers Disc Golf Club’s Indoor Putting League, Robin Holmes retrieves his discs from a goal basket set up at the Hannahville Ice and Turf Complex Monday.

Disc golf heads indoors

WELLS — Harsh winter weather Monday evening didn’t stop local disc golf fans from enjoying their sport. The evening marked the first meeting of the Noc Bay Flyers Disc Golf Club’s Indoor Putting League at the Hannahville Ice and Turf Complex in Wells. “A lot of people ...